IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) will take over the management of Fiji’s Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, effective this month, and reposition it under its InterContinental collection by 2022.
Following a refurbishment, the rebranded InterContinental Grand Pacific Hotel Suva will be IHG’s third hotel on Vitu Levu, Fiji, and the second for the brand, alongside InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola Bay, which is also owned by the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF). The group also operates the Holiday Inn Suva and the luxury Six Senses Fiji in the Mamanuca Islands, accessed from Nadi.
Built in 1914 and reopening on its hundredth anniversary in 2014 with contemporary colonial architecture, the Grand Pacific Hotel has a rich history and has a special place in the hearts of Fijians, to the extent that an image of the hotel features on the Fijian 10 dollar note.
The hotel also played host to celebrities, politicians and royalty over its 100 years, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who has visited the hotel three times and even gave a speech at a ball in 1953 from the hotel’s balcony as part of her first tour of the Empire as Queen. More recently, it welcomed Harry and Meghan, who visited in 2018.
Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s Vice President, Development – Australasia, Japan & Pacific, said IHG is committed to retaining the heritage and grandeur of the property while adding all the world-famous elements of InterContinental’s True Hospitality experience.
“When the borders reopen, GPH will be ready to welcome back all those guests who know it so well, as well as those who are so familiar with IHG and the InterContinental brand.
“We are committed to playing our part in rebuilding the tourism industry in Fiji as and when guests return to this stunning country.
“Viliame Vodonaivalu, Chief Investment Officer at FNPF, said: “The Grand Pacific Hotel is an iconic hotel and will be important to Fiji’s recovery as a tourist destination when the borders reopen. With a lower traveller footprint due to the global crisis, we are taking the opportunity to bring forward the refurbishment of this hotel, bringing it to life in a new way ready for the next era of tourism in Fiji.”
InterContinental is the world’s first – and largest – international luxury travel hotel brand, with 213 hotels open worldwide.
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